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TRIBECA JAZZ INSTITUTE
at CHURCH STREET SCHOOL FOR MUSIC & ART

Grant Stewart, Artistic Director

The Tribeca Jazz Institute at Church Street School was created by top NYC jazz artists for exceptional young musicians whose goal is to take their playing to the next level. 

We teach jazz as a language passed down directly from one generation to the next, focusing only on what’s necessary to become the best jazz musician you can be. This streamlined program takes advantage of the most pivotal years of an emerging professional’s life through intensive 12-week cycles that focus on private instruction and mentorship and sessions led by, and played with, the city’s top pros.  

We believe in the incalculable value of this art form. We also believe a young artist should not be saddled with the often insurmountable debt that comes with earning a jazz performance degree at any major university today. Our program is selective, affordable, and effective. 

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  • Will CSSMA Promote Makers?
    If you commit to a table by May 24th CSSMA will be happy to promote you on our website, social media outlets, e-blasts, etc!
  • Do you Have to Live in Tribeca to Participate?
    Nope, this is a call to Makers living Downtown! From Chelsea and below to Gramercy and below.
  • How Much Are 6 Foot Tables?
    One 6 foot table is $250 or 10% of day of sales for adults aged 20 and older One 6 foot table is $25 for teens aged 19 and under *Tables can be shared *
  • What Kind of Items Can be Sold?
    All things visual art – functional or decorative: Paintings, Prints, Photography, Quilt-making, Jewelry, Pottery, Homemade clothes, etc.
  • Application Requirements and Deadlines
    Applications are due by Friday, May 31st and must include a 1.5 - 2 minute video from the last two years of the applicant playing a classical piece that is most representative of their current playing ability and style. Solo or ensemble only, no orchestral performances. Guidelines for video submission will be emailed to all that inquire using the Registration Form. You must be at least 21 years of age by July 19th 2024 to apply. Cello, Double Bass, Piano, Viola, & Violin only. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status by Friday, June 28th at the latest. Please email application materials or questions josh@churchstreetschool.org.
  • Ensembles & Repertoire
    Repertoire will be chosen from the Classical canon with a specific emphasis placed on selected level-appropriate repertoire based the participant's current level of performance and the overall level of experience in each Chamber group. Students will receive their group assignments and music with links to recordings prior to the weekend workshop .
  • About Church Street School for Music & Art
    Founded in 1990, Church Street School for Music and Art is a unique only nonprofit community school for the arts in lower Manhattan, committed to providing high-quality art and music programs for diverse students of all ages, abilities, race, gender, sexual orientation, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds. A long-standing community resource dedicated to public programming and outreach, the school specializes in facilitating the physical creative process, and strives to connect each student with their unique artistic voice. We believe in the transformative and therapeutic power of the arts and are dedicated to providing accessibility to the arts for all. Learn more at churchstreetschool.org .
  • Program Dates & Tuition
    The Adult Amateur Chamber Music Workshop will take place from Friday, July 19th 2024 - Sunday, July 21st 2024 at Church Street School for Music & Art in Lower Manhattan. Tuition for the entire weekend is $475 per person and includes: Professional musical instruction Daily ensemble rehearsals A culminating community performance Access to rehearsal space Fun group activities including a planned happy hour Participants will be responsible for securing their own accommodation, as well as transportation, meals, and evening activities (stay tuned for our NYC activity guide!). Tuition is due in full by Friday, July 12th. Need-based scholarships and financial aid are available. Please email josh@churchstreetschool.org with any questions.
  • Workshop Weekend Schedule
    Friday, July 19th 7pm to 8pm - Orientation/ Meet & Greet Happy Hour 8 pm to 9:30pm - Independent Ensemble Rehearsal Saturday, July 20th 9 am to 10 am - Warm up in Church Street School practice rooms 10 am to 12:30 pm - Ensemble Rehearsal with Instructor 12:30 pm to 2 pm - Lunch 2 pm to 4 pm - Independent Ensemble Rehearsal 4 pm to 4:30 pm - Break 4:30 pm to 6 pm - Ensemble Rehearsal with Instructor Sunday, July 21st 9 am to 10 am - Warm up in Church Street School practice rooms 10 am to 12:30 pm - Ensemble Rehearsal with Instructor 12:30 pm to 2 pm - Lunch 2 pm to 3 pm - Community Concert Soundcheck 3pm to 3:30pm - Break 3:30pm - Community Concert
  • Program Dates & Tuition
    The Teen Pop Chamber Music Workshop will take place from Saturday,August 24th 2024 - Sunday, August 25th 2024 at Church Street School for Music & Art in Lower Manhattan. Tuition for the entire weekend is $475 per person and includes: Professional musical instruction Daily ensemble rehearsals A culminating community performance Access to rehearsal space Tuition is due in full by Friday, August 16th. Need-based scholarships and financial aid are available. Please email josh@churchstreetschool.org with any questions.
  • About Church Street School for Music & Art
    Founded in 1990, Church Street School for Music and Art is a unique only nonprofit community school for the arts in lower Manhattan, committed to providing high-quality art and music programs for diverse students of all ages, abilities, race, gender, sexual orientation, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds. A long-standing community resource dedicated to public programming and outreach, the school specializes in facilitating the physical creative process, and strives to connect each student with their unique artistic voice. We believe in the transformative and therapeutic power of the arts and are dedicated to providing accessibility to the arts for all. Learn more at churchstreetschool.org .
  • Application Requirements and Deadlines
    Applications are due by Sunday, June 31st and must include a 1.5 - 2 minute video from the last two years of the applicant playing a piece that is most representative of their current playing ability and style. Solo or ensemble only, no orchestral performances. Guidelines for video submission will be emailed to all that inquire using the Registration Form. Students must be at least 13 years of age by August 24th 2024 to apply. Cello, Viola, & Violin only. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status by Friday, July 26th at the latest. Please email application materials or questions josh@churchstreetschool.org.
  • Workshop Weekend Schedule
    Saturday, August 24th 2024 9 to 10am - Breakfast Meet and Greet 10am to 12:30pm - Ensemble Rehearsal with Coach 12:30 to 1:30pm - Lunch Break 1:30 to 2pm - Personal Practice Time at Church Street School 2 to 3:30pm - Ensemble Rehearsal with Coach 3:30 to 4pm - Break 4 to 5pm - Independent Ensemble Rehearsal Sunday, August 25th 2024 9 to 10am - Independent Ensemble Rehearsal 10am to 12pm - Ensemble Rehearsal with Coach 12 to 1pm - Lunch Break 1 to 2pm - Travel to Community Concert Venue, Warm Up, & Get Ready 2 to 3:30pm - Community Concert Dress Rehearsal & Soundcheck with Coaches 3:30pm - Community Concert
  • Ensembles & Repertoire
    Repertoire will be chosen from popular music works, and specific emphasis will be placed on selected level-appropriate repertoire based on participant's current level of performance and the overall level of experience in the group. Each group will rehearse one to two pieces during the workshop. Students will have received their music and their group assignments prior to the weekend workshop with links to recordings.
  • Deck the Halls
    Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly, Fa la la la la, la la la la 'Tis the Season to be Jolly, Fa la la la la, la la la la Don we Now our Gay Apparel, Fa la la, la la la, la la la Troll the Ancient Yuletide Carol, Fa la la la la, la la la la See the Blazing Yule Before Us, Fa la la la la, la la la la Strike the Harp and Join the Chorus, Fa la la la la, la la la Follow Me in Merry Measure, Fa la la, la la la, la la la, While I Tell of Yuletide Treasure, Fa la la la la, la la la la Fast Away, the Old Year Passes, Fa la la la la, la la la la Hail the New, Ye Lads and Lasses, Fa la la la la, la la la la, Sing we Joyous All Together, Fa la la, la la la, la la la, Heedless of the Wind and Weather, Fa la la la la, la la la la
  • Jingle Bells
    Dashing through the snow On a one horse open sleigh O'er the fields we go, Laughing all the way Bells on bob tail ring, making spirits bright What fun it is to laugh and sing A sleighing song tonight Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh Jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh A day or two ago, I thought I'd take a ride, And soon Miss Fanny Bright Was seated by my side; The horse was lean and lank Misfortune seemed his lot We got into a drifted bank, And then we got upsot. Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh Jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh Now the ground is white Go it while you're young Take the girls tonight And sing this sleighing song Just get a bob tailed bay two-forty as his speed Hitch him to an open sleigh And crack! you'll take the lead Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh Jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh
  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas
    We Wish You a Merry Christmas We Wish You a Merry Christmas We Wish You a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Good Tidings we Bring to You and Your Kin We Wish You a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year We Wish You a Happy Hanukkah We Wish You a Happy Hanukkah We Wish You a Happy Hanukkah and a Happy New Year Good Tidings we Bring to You and Your Kin We We Wish You a Happy Hanukkah and a Happy New Year We Wish You a Happy Kwanza We Wish you a Happy Kwanza We Wish you a Happy Kwanza and a Happy New Year Good Tidings we Bring to You and Your Kin We Wish you a Happy Kwanza and a Happy New Year We Wish You a Merry Christmas We Wish You a Merry Christmas We Wish You a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
  • Silent Night
    Silent night, holy night! All is calm, all is bright. Round yon Virgin, Mother and Child. Holy infant so tender and mild, Sleep in heavenly peace, Sleep in heavenly peace Silent night, holy night! Shepherds quake at the sight. Glories stream from heaven afar Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia, Christ the Savior is born! Christ the Savior is born Silent night, holy night! Son of God love's pure light. Radiant beams from Thy holy face With dawn of redeeming grace, Jesus Lord, at Thy birth Jesus Lord, at Thy birth
  • Dreidel
    I Have a Little Dreidel I Made it Out of Clay And When it's Dry and Ready Oh Dreidel I Shall Play. Oh, Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel I Made it Out of Clay And When it's Dry and Ready Oh Dreidel I Will Play. Oh, Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel, I Made it out of Wood, And When You are All Ready I’ll Play you When I Could. Oh, Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel, I Made it Out of Glass And When you are All Ready I’ll Play you on the Grass Oh, Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel, I Made it Out of Gold And When you are All Ready I’ll Play you in the Cold I Have a Little Dreidel I Made it Out of Clay And When it's Dry and Ready Oh Dreidel I Shall Play!
  • Let it Snow
    Oh, the weather outside is frightful But the fire is so delightful And since we've no place to go Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow it doesn't show signs of stoppin' And I brought me some corn for poppin' The lights are turned way down low Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow When we finally kiss good-night How I'll hate going out in the storm But if you really hold me tight All the way home I'll be warm And the fire is slowly dying And, my dear, we're still good-bye-ing But as long as you love me so Let it snow, let it snow, and snow
  • Hanukkah Oh Hanukkah
    Hanukkah, Oh, Hanukkah Come light the menorah Let’s have a party We'll all dance the hora Gather 'round the table We'll give you a treat, Dreidels to play with and latkes to eat And while we are playing The candles are burning low One for each night, they shed a sweet light To remind us of days long ago One for each night, they shed a sweet light To remind us of days long ago
  • Jingle Bell Rock
    Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock Jingle bells swing and jingle bells ring Snowin' and blowin' up bushels of fun Now the jingle hop has begun Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock Jingle bells chime in jingle bell time Dancin' and prancin' in Jingle Bell Square In the frosty air What a bright time, it's the right time To rock the night away Jingle bell time is a swell time To go glidin' in a one-horse sleigh Giddy-up jingle horse, pick up your feet Jingle around the clock Mix and a-mingle in the jinglin' feet That's the jingle bell rock
  • Winter Wonderland
    Sleigh Bells Ring Are You Listening In the Lane Snow is Glistening A Beautiful Sight We're Happy Tonight Walking in a Winter Wonderland Gone Away is the Bluebird Here to Stay is a new Bird He Sings a Love Song as We Go Along Walking in a Winter Wonderland In the Meadow we Can Build a Snowman Then Pretend that He is Parson Brown He'll Say: Are You Married? We'll Say: No Man But You Can do the Job When You're in Town Later on We'll Conspire As We Dream by the Fire To Face Unafraid, the Plans that We've Made Walking in a Winter Wonderland In the Meadow We Can Build a Snowman And Pretend that He’s a Circus Clown, We’ll Have Lots of Fun with Mister Snowman, Until the Other Kids Knock Him Down! When it Snows, Ain’t it Thrilling, Though Your Nose Gets a Chilling We’ll Frolic and Play the Eskimo Way, Walking in a Winter Wonderland! Walking in a Winter Wonderland!
  • Frosty the Snowman
    Frosty the Snowman was a jolly happy soul With a corncob pipe and a button nose and two eyes made out of coal Frosty the Snowman Is a fairytale, they say He was made of snow but the children know How he came to life one day There must have been some magic in That old silk hat they found For when they placed it on his head He began to dance around Oh, Frosty, the Snowman was alive as he could be And the children say he could laugh and play Just the same as you and me Thumpety, thump thump, thumpety, thump thump Look at Frosty go! Thumpety, thump thump, thumpety, thump thump Over the hills of snow! Oh, Frosty the Snowman knew the sun was hot that day So he said, "Let's run, and we'll have some fun Now, before I melt away" Down to the village with a broomstick in his hand Runnin' here and there all around the square Sayin', "Catch me if you can" He led them down the streets of town Right to the traffic cop And he only paused a moment When he heard him holler, "Stop!" Frosty the Snowman had to hurry on his way But he waved goodbye, sayin' "Don't you cry I'll be back again some day" Thumpety, thump thump, thumpety, thump thump Look at Frosty go! Thumpety, thump thump, thumpety, thump thump Over the hills of snow!
  • Santa Claus is Coming to Town
    You better watch out, you better not cry Better not pout I'm telling you why Santa Claus is coming to town He's making a list and checking it twice Gonna find out who's naughty and nice Santa Claus is coming to town (and he's watching) He sees you when you're sleeping He knows when you're awake He knows if you've been bad or good So be good for goodness sake Oh, you better watch out, you better not cry Better not pout I'm telling you why Santa Claus is coming to town
  • O Christmas Tree
    O Christmas tree O Christmas tree you stand in verdant beauty! O Christmas tree O Christmas tree you stand in verdant beauty! Your boughs are green in summer's glow And do not fade in winter's snow O Christmas tree O Christmas tree you stand in verdant beauty!
  • Sheet Music
    Participants who are doing a musical performance must come with their own music.  You are permitted to make copies of your music for the band using the school copier.  Always be prepared with three copies for the band.
  • Sign Ups
    Signup is in-person the night of, on a first-come first-served basis. Open Mic runs from 7:00-10:00 pm, so please plan to arrive by 7pm if you plan to perform.
  • Performance Guidelines
    Participants perform one piece at a time. After everyone has had a chance to perform once, we start a second round of performances (a third if time permits). Performances should be limited to approximately 5 minutes in length. Be prepared! Have your instrument tuned and your music ready.
  • Weekly Activity Breakdown
    Monday 2:30pm to 3:15pm - School Pick Up and Snack 3:15 pm to 5:00pm - Creative Arts Club  Tuesday 2:30pm to 3:30pm - School Pick Up, Snack and Play 3:30pm to 4:15pm - Explore! Art II 3:30pm to 4:15pm - Explore! Art II Wednesday 2:30pm to 3:30pm - School Pick Up and Snack and Play 3:30pm to 4:30pm - Explore! Piano 4:30pm to 5:00pm - Creative Arts Club Thursday 2:30pm to 3:15pm - School Pick Up and Snack 3:15pm to 4:00pm - Explore! Music II 4:00pm to 5:00pm - Creative Arts Club Friday 2:30pm to 3:15pm - School Pick Up and Snack 3:15pm to 4:00pm - Explore! Piano 4:00pm to 5:00pm - Creative Arts Club
  • How do I apply to CSSMA's Full-Day Summer Arts Program?
    Families can register by filling in our Summer Registration Form.
  • What are the program dates?
    Church Street School for Music & Art's Summer Camp runs from Monday, June 24th 2024 - Friday, August 30th 2024. We offer flexible scheduling to accommodate your child’s summer plans. Please note there will be no programming July 1st - 5th in observance of Independence Day.
  • What is included in the tuition price?
    Tuition includes a rotating schedule of music & art classes including drumming, ukulele, chorus, and studio art. Plus performance opportunities, weekly field trips, and daily outdoor play and lunch in our neighborhood green spaces.
  • Tuition & Policies
    Tuition is $650/week & $140/day. Prices are prorated to reflect the number of sessions your child will attend that week. SUMMER POLICIES: Students wishing to withdraw from their current summer registration at Church Street School must present a written request stating the date and reasons for the withdrawal. Refunds (minus classes taken and the non-refundable registration fee) will be given up to the 3rd day after beginning class. No refunds will be given after the 3rd day. Students withdrawing prior to summer program start have an opportunity to convert their tuition to an in-house credit toward another class. Credits must be applied before the end of the fiscal year (August 31) in which they are issued. Credits can be applied toward the current semester, summer classes, prepaid tuition for future semesters, tickets for school events, or converted to a tax deductible donation. Please note that no refunds will be given for missed sessions.
  • How old does my child have to be to attend?
    CSSMA's summer camp is for students ages 5 years - 7 years (Group I) and 8 years - 12 years (Group II). We also offer summer programs for students ages 3 - 5 yr olds. Head to churchstreetschool.org/summer to learn more!
  • When and where are the field trips?
    Field trips happen on Tuesdays & Wednesdays. Destinations include: walks around neighborhood art galleries, visits to NYC cultural destination like the American Museum of Natural History, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and other fun cultural locations around the city.
  • Full-Day Summer Arts Program Weekly Themes & Field Trips
    June 24th - 28th | Theme: Me, You, & Us Art - Self Portraits, Collage, & Drawing Music - Drums, Piano, Ukulele, and Chorus Field Trip - Gallery walk to 125 Newbury & JTT Galleries July 8th - 12th | Theme: Animals, Dinosaurs, & The Environment Art - Diorama Building & Painting Music - Drums, Piano, Ukulele, and Chorus Field Trip - American Museum of Natural History July 15th - 19th | Theme: 3D Objects Art - Sculpture Making & Papier Maché Music - Drums, Piano, Ukulele, and Chorus Field Trip - Gallery walk to Bartolami & PPOW July 22nd - 26th | Theme: Folk & Fairy Tales Art - Puppet Making & Showcase Music - Drums, Piano, Ukulele, and Chorus Field Trip - National Museum of the American Indian July 29th - August 2nd | Theme: Architecture Art - Miniature Buildings & Dioramas Music - Drums, Piano, Ukulele, and Chorus Field Trip - Gallery walk to The Oculus & the Word Trade Center Memorial August 5th - August 9th | Theme: Ancient Egypt Art - Sculptures & Clay Mummies Music - Drums, Piano, Ukulele, and Chorus *Field Trip - The Metropolitan Museum of Art August 12th - August 16th | Theme: Design Week Art - Drawing Technique, Jewelry Making, Screen Printing, & T-Shirt Design Music- Drums, Piano, Ukulele, and Chorus Field Trip - Gallery Walk (Galleries TBA) August 19th - August 23rd | Theme: Robots & Toys Art - Stop Motion Movie-Making & Video Animation Music - Drums, Piano, Ukulele, and Chorus Field Trip - TBA August 26th - August 30th | Theme: Nature & Space Art - Drawing & Painting Techniques, Still Life, Landscapes, & Sunset Paintings Music - Drums, Piano, Ukulele, and Chorus *Field Trip - The Metropolitan Museum of Art *This field trip will take place on the Tuesday of this week.
  • What are the program hours?
    Camp begins every morning at 9am, and dismissal is at 4pm. We offer for early drop-off at 8:30am and late pick-up at 5pm for an additional cost $15/ day each.
  • Registration
    Age deadline determined as of September 15th of the academic year. The school year is divided into two 18 week semesters from September-June. Annual registration fee= $60 per student or $85 per family. Classes are filled on a first come, first serve basis. Tuition is prorated for the remainder of the term from the first class taken. Church Street School reserves the right to change the schedule of classes, teachers or cancel classes at any time if needed. Tuition rates account for all major school holidays and academic breaks. Payment is due in full at the time of registration, or a 25% deposit must be given and a credit card kept on file, with the balance run automatically on the first day of class. Students enrolling on or after the first day of class must pay in full at the time of registration. Any student who has an outstanding balance at the end of the semester will not be allowed to enroll for the following term. Payment plans are available for a fee of $35 and require that a credit card be kept on file, with payments being scheduled automatically on the 10th of each month. Payment plans must be set up before the payment is due in order to avoid late fees. A late fee of $25 will be applied to all late payments. If the balance continues to go unpaid, late fees will continue to be applied on a monthly basis, and the student will be at risk of dismissal. Audits may be scheduled for trial classes or siblings/ friends who would like to attend a class. Prior permission must be granted by the front office and an audit fee must be paid. For each academic year, families must provide up-to-date medical and emergency contact information for each child registered in programs at Church Street School. Forms can be accessed on our website and should be returned to our front office. Please let us know of any changes ASAP.
  • Scholarships & Financial Aid
    New text – In keeping with our mission of accessibility to the arts for all, CSSMA offers financial aid based on demonstrated economic need. Merit based scholarships are also available annually. Please contact us at info@churchstreetschool.org for more information on how to apply.
  • Enrollment Policies
    INVOICES/ PAYMENT ALL OUTSTANDING BALANCES AND PAYMENT PLANS WILL BE CHARGED AUTOMATICALLY TO THE CREDIT CARD ON FILE ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE NEW SEMESTER If you prefer to pay with another method, the alternative payment must be received before the first day of the semester. Families are welcome to sign up for an installment payment plan for a fee of $35. Your invoice includes your registration details – class name, day and time. RE-ENROLLMENT For students registered in the Fall 2023 Semester, we will automatically hold your scheduled day and time for the Spring 2024 Semester on each registration, unless you cancel or reschedule before December 1st. The Registrar will still need to confirm with you in order to process payments. Each student will receive a 5% discount for paying in full on your Spring registration by December 15th. For private instrumental students, if you do not confirm by January 20th, we will open up the schedule for new students. TRIAL CLASSES, DISMISSAL & LATE PICKUP FEES Siblings/ friends who wish to join for a single class must arrange permission with the front office 24 hours in advance and are required to pay a single class fee. Students must be picked up promptly after their class or lesson ends and must be signed out from their class by a parent, guardian or authorized caregiver. Those who arrive late for pickup will automatically be charged a $15/hr late fee for after school care. MAKE UP CLASSES One make-up class is granted per semester for students enrolled in the full semester. Make-up classes must be requested and approved by the front desk within 24 hours notice. IMPORTANT DATES The Fall Semester runs September 11th, 2023 – January 28th, 2024 CSSMA follows the NYC Public School calendar. Holidays and closures are listed below. No make-up classes or refunds will be given in the case of natural disasters, extreme or inclement weather. SUMMER POLICIES: Payment for all summer programs is due in full at the time of registration. Families that have been pre-qualified may pay 25% at registration. The remaining balance is due on the first day of the program. Students wishing to withdraw from their current summer registration at Church Street School must present a written request stating the date and reasons for the withdrawal. Refunds (minus classes taken and the non-refundable registration fee) will be given up to the 3rd day after beginning class. No refunds will be given after the 3rd day. Students withdrawing prior to summer program start have an opportunity to convert their tuition to an in-house credit toward another class. Credits must be applied before the end of the fiscal year (August 31) in which they are issued. Credits can be applied toward the current semester, summer classes, prepaid tuition for future semesters, tickets for school events, or converted to a tax deductible donation. Please note that no refunds will be given for missed sessions. SPRING 2024 SCHEDULE Spring Semester Begins — Mon, January 29th Midwinter Recess (closed) — Sat, February 17th - Fri, February 23rd Easter Weekend (closed) — Sat, March 30th - Mon, April 1st Eid al-Fitr (closed) — Wed, April 10th Spring Recess (closed) — Mon, April 22nd - Tues, April 30th Memorial Day Weekend (closed) — Sat, May 25th - Mon, May 27th Eid al-Adha (closed)— Mon, June 17th Spring Semester Ends — Sun, June 18th Juneteenth (closed) — Wed, June 19th Make Up Week — Thurs, June 20th - Wed, June 26th Summer Programs Begin — Mon, June 24th FALL 2024 SCHEDULE Fall Semester Begins — Mon, September 9th Rosh Hashanah (closed) — Thurs, October 3rd to Fri, October 4th Yom Kippur (closed) — Sat, October 12th Indigenous People's Day (closed) — Mon, October 14th Diwali (closed) — Fri, November 1st Election Day (closed) — Tues, November 5th Thanksgiving (closed)— Wed, November 27th to Sun, December 1st Winter Break (closed) — Mon, December 23rd to Wed, January 1st Martin Luther King Jr. Day (closed)— Mon, January 20th Fall Semester Ends — Sun, January 26th
  • COVID Protocols
    Church Street School for Music and Art’s (CSSMA) policies comply with New York State and City guidelines and with CDC recommendations and follow the NYC Department of Education policies. This policy is subject to any changes made by the NYC Department of Education. All policies will apply to CSSMA programs, held at 41 White Street and at any off-site location. Additional policies may apply when programs are held in off-site locations. ORGANIZATION-WIDE POLICIES: • All CSSMA employees are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before teaching or working in-person unless they have a medical exemption. In the case of a medical exemption, CSSMA requires the employee to produce a negative COVID test weekly. • Everyone is encouraged , but not required to wear a mask while in the school. Masks will be provided if needed. • Only Employees, registered program users and rental clients are allowed in the facility. No guests, drop-in users or non-pre-registered customers will be permitted into the facility. -Prospective students must be arranged by appointment -Vendor deliveries can be left just inside the facility without contact -If necessary, parent/caregiver limited to one per program participant for children under age 14 years. FACILITY UPDATES: • Front desk has a new acrylic barrier to protect front desk staff while having conversations. • Lobby seating is spaced to easily adhere to social distancing guidelines. • New HVAC system filtration and cleaning. Our central air system has been fully serviced and we have installed new hospital grade filters. This system can be used throughout the year to improve overall air quality throughout the school. • Windows will also be opened to let in outside air whenever possible. • No-touch hand sanitizing stations are located in all lobby areas. CLEANING: Daily Cleaning Protocols: • Sweep, mop, vacuum and clean the space daily or more as needed. • Remove garbage and add new lining to cans daily or more as needed. • Supply a hand washing stations with soap, and paper towels or hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol – check supplies throughout the day. • Clean common areas with guest access including bathrooms and entrances daily and additionally as needed. • Wipe railings with disinfecting spray prior to classes and between classes throughout the day. Additional precautions we will take to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in addition to the standard cleaning protocol: • Limit guest count based on state and local capacity guidelines: Ask parents to drop off and pick up at front door. • Space out classes and rentals to allow for cleaning between activities • Disinfect high touch surfaces and shared amenities such as light switches, door knobs and railings throughout the day. • Properly clean pianos and other instruments between use with the appropriate supplies which will be provided in each classroom and teaching studio. • Provide a hand sanitizer and disposable masks for guests and employees if needed. • Capacity will be monitored at the front desk, and lobby areas are configured to adhere to social COMMUNICATION: CSSMA will provide a clear safety plan to our community accessible on our website and posted inside the school. This information will be updated regularly to reflect state and city guidelines.
  • General Policies
    Church Street School embraces diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation. By participating in classes or visiting Church Street School, you authorize the school to use photographs, video or other media of you or your child at any time in the future for publicity or marketing purposes. No compensation will be extended for such use. The school reserves the right to exclude, or terminate the enrollment of any student at any time if in the judgment of the school, in its sole discretion, the student has not adjusted to and/or will not benefit from the program of the school; the student’s conduct, or attitude is undesirable according to the school’s mission; or the continued enrollment of the student in the school is or may be detrimental to the well-being of the student, other students or the school for any reason; neither the school nor any of its trustees, officers, or employees shall be liable in any way whatsoever for any such exclusion or termination of enrollment.
  • Absence, Closure, & Dismissal Policies
    Absences & School Closure Your child must be picked up and signed out from their class promptly at the end of class (if it is a drop-off class). In the event of an emergency, please call the school and let us know what other arrangements will be made. Parents must notify the school if their child will be missing class. One make-up class is granted per semester for student absences in non-instrumental classes. All make-up classes must be arranged with the front office at least 24 hours in advance. One instrumental makeup class per year will be offered at the end of the spring semester for absences for which 24 hours notice was given. Church Street School for Music and Art adheres to the New York City public school calendar and in case of inclement weather will follow school closure guidelines decided by the NYC school board. Church Street School cannot be held accountable for extreme weather or other unforeseen catastrophic events and will not be able to refund tuition for missed classes in the event of related school closures. Please note that per our policy, there are no make-ups for inclement weather days. Dismissal Students must be picked up promptly after their class or lesson ends and must be signed out from their class by a parent, guardian or authorized caregiver. All parents who arrive late for pickup will automatically be charged a $15/hr late fee for afterschool care. If a child has permission to walk home alone, the school must be notified and given written permission via the “Pick-up Authorization form.”
  • Withdraw, Credits, & Refunds
    Students wishing to withdraw from their current registration at Church Street School must present a written request stating the date and reasons for the withdrawal. Refunds (minus classes taken and the non-refundable registration fee) will be given up to the 4th week after beginning class. No refunds will be given after the 4th week. Students withdrawing within the first 4 weeks of registration have an opportunity to convert their tuition to an in-house credit toward another class. Credits must be applied before the end of the fiscal year (August 31) in which they are issued. Credits can be applied toward the current semester, summer classes, prepaid tuition for future semesters, tickets for school events, or converted to a tax deductible donation. Preschool deposits are non-refundable. Please note that no refunds will be given for missed classes.
  • What are we learning?
    During this immersive 12-week program, students receive three 3-hour ensemble class from 12-3pm, Monday - Friday, as well as 10 one-hour private lessons per semester. This one-of-a-kind jazz program grants students access to almost 10 hours/week of direct contact and mentorship from the leading lights of New York City’s music scene! Our ensemble classes are led by a rotating roster of coaches including: Grant Stewart, Jeremy Pelt, Pasquale Grasso, Bruce Harris, David Hazeltine, Peter Bernstein, Joe Farnsworth, and others. The instructors will utilize a very hands on approach, not only coaching but also at times playing with the ensembles, addressing a broad range of crucial areas in the process, including: Favored repertoire of artist instructors Nuances and secrets of effective ensemble playing Improvisational approaches Ballad and up-tempo playing Each instructor's unique interpretation of the tradition And much more! Private teachers are selected by the student in tandem with the Artistic Director.
  • Registration and Tuition
    ENROLLMENT IS CURRENTLY OPEN FOR: Spring 2024 - Monday, April 8th to Friday, June 28th Tribeca Jazz Institute ensemble classes are held on weekdays from 12-3pm at Church Street School for Music and Art at 41 White Street in Lower Manhattan. The Winter 2024 semester runs from Monday, January 15th - Friday, April 5th. Each semester is $6000.00 and includes three 3-hour ensemble classes per week as well as ten 1-hour private lessons scheduled separately. Over the course of each semester, students will receive 120 hours of direct instruction playing for and WITH their mentors. Space is highly limited (one student per instrument)! Applicants should contact TJI@churchstreetschool.org to schedule an audition. Students accepted to the program must secure their spot by making a 25% deposit upon registration. Full tuition is due 60 days before the start of the semester. Full Tuition Deadlines: Spring 2024 - February 8th
  • Stop, Look, Listen
  • A Letter from the Artistic Director
    What we are offering here is not for everyone. The Tribeca Jazz Institute is directed towards the few players in each class that are already close to professional level and have the clear goal of becoming the best jazz artist they can be. Maybe you’re about to enroll at a college for jazz performance and have a year off before you attend. Maybe you’ve just finished a jazz degree somewhere and feel that you’re in need of a sort of “finishing school” as you enter the scene, or perhaps you’re already a professional but feel like you’re stuck and can’t get past a plateau. In any of these cases this is the program for you. We believe we can only teach our art the way we learned it, and the way we learned to play jazz music was through one-on-one private instruction and mentorship, and by playing under the guidance of great musicians. That is what is at the core of this program. Each semester will be an intensive 12 weeks of lessons and apprenticeship combined with 3 weekly three-hour “sessions” with the top jazz artists working on the NYC jazz scene. As a musician, your late teens and early 20’s are almost always the most important developmental years and essentially, when the artist is formed. This time must be taken advantage of fully if your goal is to reach your true potential as a player. We believe that the other aspects of music education (the countless extra courses, papers, and projects demanded by a jazz performance degree) can be put on the back burner until the primary goal is achieved. Don’t get us wrong – we believe a university education is invaluable and encourage anyone that can go to do it. However, our objective is to make you the best musician you can be and if this is the right program for you (and you are the right student for the program), the distractions of a conventional performance degree are not necessary right now. Not to be overlooked is the cost of said degree at any of the main schools in New York City, on average around $60,000 per year. In the end the young artist is often saddled with debt and no realistic means of paying off a $200,000 education.  At the Tribeca Jazz Institute, the relationship between the students and resident teaching artists extends beyond the walls of the school, building a bridge towards integration into the professional jazz scene. This is our true goal for you. We look forward to seeing what can happen when exceptionally talented young musicians are placed in a “supercharged” environment to propel them forward artistically, and  their abilities are given the resources and nurturing they rightly deserve. Yours Truly, Grant Stewart, Artistic Director
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  • Is it important for my child to arrive on time and attend every class?
    Yes! This program strives to build social skills in the children, and so regular attendance and timely arrival is extremely important for establishing new friendships with their peers and the teacher.
  • Why is it important to have the support of a caregiver at the beginning of this program?
    Young children need to feel secure in new environments before they are willing to explore new things on their own. This sense of security is of paramount importance in building confidence in young children.
  • What types of music and art activities are included in this program?
    Church Street School specializes in physical experiences in art and music making because this helps to form the firmest foundation in the arts and is the way that young children learn the best. Our talented teaching artists provide open-ended activities with engaging materials that leaves space for your child’s unique artistic voice to shine.
  • How will the transition to separation take place?
    The teacher will work with you/your caregiver about the timing and process. We will respect the individual needs of each child. As children become familiar with the class structure and the other children and teacher, it will be suggested that the grownup sits on the side and passively observes the child during the class. Eventually the goal will be for adults to be able to wait in the lobby after the child gets settled into the free play period.
  • What if my child needs to have a diaper changed or go to the bathroom during the class?
    Your caregiver is there to support those kinds of needs.
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